Our Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Wendy Okolo, PhD

Dr. Wendy A. Okolo is an aerospace engineering researcher in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Her focus is in systems health monitoring and control-systems design with applications to air and space components, vehicles, and systems.

Professor Andrew E. Pelling, PhD

Scientist, professor, entrepreneur, and TED Senior Fellow, Andrew Pelling has built a career on unapologetic curiosity, creativity, and serendipity. He is a professor and the Canada Research Chair in Experimental Cell Mechanics at the University of Ottawa, where he founded and directs a curiosity-driven research lab that brings together artists, scientists, social scientists, and engineers.

Session Speakers

Major Matthew Oliver, Retired, CD, P.Eng., M.Div., M.Eng., CFEI

Matthew Oliver is the Deputy Registrar and Chief Regulatory Officer of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. Matt served in the Canadian Forces for 20 years as an aerospace engineer.

    Ehtisham (Eddy) Anwer

    Eddy Anwer is a business-to-business marketing and branding enthusiast. He is a serial marketer, bringing innovative products, services, brands, and thoughts to industry and academia. Passionate about training and coaching, Eddy has conducted numerous workshops for business professionals and university students.

    Lise Stranksky, CCDP

    As a certified career development professional with more than 16 years' experience, Lise has helped hundreds of clients identify their values, interests, and skills to make informed career decisions.

    Julianna Cantwell, CPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Julianna Cantwell, CPHR, SHRM-SCP, is the president of JUNA Consulting Inc., a strategic human resources consulting practice that helps organizations improve individual and group performance. Specializing in learning and development for more than 20 years and communications for more than 15 years, Julianna logs 100+ days a year speaking and facilitating learning.

    Susan Ancel, P.Eng.

    Susan Ancel is the Director of Stormwater Strategies for EPCOR. Her primary focus is developing integrated resource plans for stormwater management and capital and operational risk-mitigation planning, as well as building awareness of the inter-relationships between utilities, insurance, disaster-response agencies, and the public in preparing and responding to changing stormwater risks in the community.

      Tom Wilson

      On November 16, 2008, Tom Wilson survived a violent and devastating plane crash, witnessing the death of seven of his friends and coworkers. Tom has a unique and unlikely story of survival from that day, but his story does not end there. After a long and difficult physical and emotional recovery, Tom made it his passion to understand the actions and behaviours, including his own, that allowed the crash to happen.

      Joanne Blake, AICI, CIP, CPC

      Joanne Blake is an international speaker, an executive coach, and a pioneer in the field of personal branding. She is one of only 200 image consultants worldwide who has received her certified image professional designation.

      Kathleen Johnston, MA, CCC, PCC, Career Strategist

      Kathleen Johnston is a professional certified coach, a Canadian certified counselling therapist, and a certified stress consultant with an accomplished background in management and leadership roles.